Ariel Investments is a premier, boutique, asset management firm. Our primary goal is to drive exceptional investment returns by bringing diverse perspectives together. The only way to beat a benchmark is to not look like one. As value investors, our thinking is deliberate and unconventional. We offer an independent, patient investing approach and aim to deliver excellence in any environment. We uphold our fiduciary responsibility to every shareholder, no matter how big or small. 

At Ariel, we strongly believe that teamwork yields results—which is why we have Co-CEOs. John Rogers and Mellody Hobson share a desire to cultivate leaders who are curious, focused and disciplined. We are nimble and efficient. Our drive is fanatical and intentional. Everyone plays their position, and each contribution is critical to our firm’s success. We seek subject matter experts who are unapologetically themselves. We encourage our employees to reach their full potential and we give them the runway to do so.   

After four decades of active investing, we remain committed to our clients, our teammates and our community. We strive to be best-in-class investors and pioneer a path for those who entrust us with their financial future.  

Position Summary 


We are looking for a Research Analyst who demonstrates deep interest, knowledge and experience in analyzing the global utility and/or commodity industries.  You will be fully integrated into the investment process and responsible for identifying and analyzing equity securities that align with investment goals. This role benefits from working alongside Senior Research Analysts and Portfolio Managers who will support you. Experience in stock analysis is preferred but not required.  

A history of strong academic and professional performance, natural inquisitiveness, willingness to engage in robust debate and with demonstrated ability to contribute to a team decision making environment are important characteristics. 

The right candidate is looking to conduct deep and differentiated fundamental research alongside a small, high-performing team of experienced and talented investment professionals using a well-established value investment process with a long- term investment horizon. 

The position will report to the Chief Investment Officer of Global and Emerging Markets and is based in our midtown Manhattan offices. 

Some travel is required.  


Experience and Qualifications  


  • At least 5 years of applicable work experience as a business, research, financial or equity analyst or consultant on the utility and/or commodity industries.  Experience in equity research is preferred but not required.


  • Effective oral and written communication skills to articulate an investment thesis and ability to interact with senior management of companies in coverage area


  • Strong financial modeling skills are a minimum requirement. 


  • Detail orientation and the ability to consume, digest and synthesize a large amount of information from a variety of sources and convert them into proprietary, actionable insights in a timely fashion, is a prerequisite to succeed in this position. 


  • We highly value the ability to identify factors such as competitive advantage, strategic inflection points or disruptive developments as well as the ability to synthesize and articulate these fundamental characteristics both qualitatively in a thesis write-up and quantitatively in a financial/valuation model. 



  • Bachelor or Master’s degree. 
  • MBA and/or CFA a plus


Computer Skills Needed to Perform this Job

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint. 


Base Salary

$130,000 - $150,000 (dependent on skills, experience, and competencies)


Ariel employees, including the incumbent(s) in this position, are required to: (1) read and strictly adhere to all compliance policies and procedures of the various Ariel entities, as applicable; and (2) work together with their colleagues, including the CCO, to resolve compliance issues.


Equal Opportunity Employer / Diversity:

Ariel celebrates diversity and practices inclusion as a way to get work done – it’s in our DNA. As an equal opportunity employer, employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, marital status, parental status (including pregnancy), disability, perceived disability, veteran status, status of military discharge, or any other basis under federal, state, or local law. Ariel prohibits discrimination against an applicant or employee because of their actual or perceived protected characteristic(s), and is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse group of talented applicants, and to providing employees with a workplace free from discrimination and/or harassment.

Equal employment opportunity takes place in all employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, and termination. The firm seeks to uphold an inclusive culture where diversity is recognized and valued. As such, Ariel provides employees a robust benefits package that includes:

  • Coverage for same-sex partner (domestic or spouse)
  • Coverage for children (natural born, step, adopted or foster)
  • Fully paid medical insurance that covers fertility treatments, gender affirmation
  • Employer contributions to a Health Savings Account
  • Maternity leave at 100% pay (12 weeks)
  • Paid Parental Leave (up to 12 weeks depending on tenure)

Lastly, all employees have access to Ariel-sponsored educational, training, and recreational activities.

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